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This is an essay about cheeses, nothing more, nothing less. Though certainly there’s quite a bit on the “less” side of the scale than the ‘more’, when it comes to cheese. Take, for instance, anteaters . I feel in terms of importance, anteaters are way less so than cheese. I mean, cheese gives nutritional content including vitamins, calcium, deliciousness, and the ability to make a grilled cheese sandwich, if you have bread and a spread of some kind. Anteaters are nutritional I suppose, if you were to kill then cook one. And you’d think they’d be pretty lean, considering they only eat ants. I had always heard ants were high in protein, though that could have been cockroaches. Is there such a thing as a cockroacheater?
Anyhow, cheese. Now I’ve always been offended that there is a cheese called American, that isn’t cheddar. I’ve always thought cheddar is the ultimate American cheese rather than that processed stuff, though the processed stuff does speak volumes about the American “Culture” that we supposedly have. I mean seriously, I had some Muenster from a deli the other day, and while it made a slammin’ grilled cheese, what with the stretch factor and all, it just wasn’t Muenster. The real stuff stinks, but that’s America for you, we don’t have any real depth. I mean seriously, one of our best artists is Andy Worhol? The guy painted a can of soup. Not to mention our additions to classical music. I love John Williams as much as the next guy, you couldnt find a bigger closet Star Wars geek than me. But he made the same thing like TEN TIMES!! SERIOUSLY, SHOW SOME GROWTH!! IT’s not like Beethoven’s symphonies all sound the same, because they don’t. I’ve listened to them.
Anyway, cheddar really is fantastic, and the day I had a really good, sharp cheddar, that was the day I realized what cheese could bring me. I have friends who won’t eat it because it’s high in fat, which it is. But you know, I feel like I’ve reached a point in my life where I know what’s good and not good for me, at least for the most part. It bothers me when people question life choices, or butt in and try to tell me how to live my life. Classic case, I’m listening to music, the new Kanye album, at like midnight, and I wanted to FEEL the music. So I turned the bass up real high, and cranked the volume. I wanted to LIVE the music. Wouldn’t you know it, ol’ Buzzkill Betty herself, my mother, is yelling from the bottom of the stairs. I’m like, “LET ME LIVE, MOM! LET ME LIVE!” Then I turned the music down.
I think when I realized salads could have these fancy cheeses on them, your gorgonzolas and fetas and what not, that was when I realized I could have cheese on literally anything. Like apple pie, either a piece of cheddar or American (GOD DAMMIT!) on it and microwave it for a few seconds. You’ll eat it and go WHOA! It’s a good time, I wouldn’t lie to you.
It’s those blue-veined cheeses, real pale and wet sounding when you slap them, that put me off. But then I realized, the stinkier a cheese, the better. The stench is in truth flavor, though remember not to put that stuff on your ham sandwich. That’s what the mustard is for.
It’s rare you can have a product that goes good with all meals like cheese, b ut cheesy eggs, then a ham and cheese, and a cheese burger for dinner, that’s a day’s eating. You see, if you don’t eat the cheese, you deprive yourself of an essential ingredient to enjoying life. You know who else deprived themselves of things? Hitler.

I enjoy watching the vibes, events, connections and progress that continues to come from this camp of motivated young people.  Here’s another clip from the Ride Nature guys and some more insight into what they’re out to do.

We are an organization dedicated to impacting the lives of individuals living in poverty by sharing the TRUTH and providing the opportunity to “RIDE NATURE.” We have a vision and dream to give everyone the unique opportunity to surf, skate, snowboard, and wakeboard and with that opportunity our mission is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Giving an individual the gift of a FREE skateboard, surfboard, or the opportunity to wakeboard or snowboard is great, but it is meaningless without using that opportunity to share with them the greatest gift we have to give, salvation through Jesus Christ.
- http://www.ridenature.com

See our friends at Ride Nature featured in the Naples News on naplesnews.com, with photos, mission and explanation of their latest trip to Nicaragua.

Photo by David Main

Surf’s up! Naples company, Ride Nature, spreads good vibrations on Nicaragua trip
In mid-May, eight young people from Naples — boarder types, you know, surf, skate, snow — head off to Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America.

All but one have never been there before. Don’t know what to expect. Don’t even speak Spanish.

Instead of luggage they have a multitude of big, fat boxes, bursting at the seams, filled with clothing, shoes and sports gear. They’ve come to Nicaragua to give it all away, but exactly to whom, they don’t know yet.

They don’t have much money. They really don’t have a clue. What they do have — in abundance — is hope.

Photo by David Main

On May 18, Koch, Shannon, Shadley, Koch’s 19-year-old sister Emily, brothers David and Kenny Main, Morgan Leonard and Matt Selva, all from Naples, arrived in San Juan del Sur.

For the next week, the group visited schools and towns. From donations and fundraisers in Southwest Florida, the Ride Nature team was able to give away more than 400 articles of new clothing, nearly 50 pairs of new shoes, 23 skateboards and six surfboards.

They also gave away about 20 soccer balls, 24 baseballs, and school supplies to several of the local schools in San Juan and Rivas.

“It went better than we ever hoped for,” Koch said. “Personally, it also made me realize how blessed I really am. Many of the people there lived in shacks. I saw how simple there lives are but how happy they are.

“I’m grateful for what we have. There’s so much more we can do.”

Read the Article on NaplesNews.com

This is a video edit I did of my trip to Port-au-Prince Haiti along with the Yele Haiti volunteer team and Chelsea Football player Florent Malouda. We organized and distributed aid throughout different tent cities in Port-au-Prince and visited some amazing kids at the local orphanage. I hope you keep Haiti in your thoughts and prayers.